Singapore introduced this fall Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to mainly facilitate business travel between a few countries that will expand to include Australia and Switzerland from November 8, 2021.
VTL allows fully vaccinated travelers on special VTL flights to enter Singapore with two PCR-RT tests (pre-departure and arrival) and only need to wait for the result from the arrival one at their hotel or place of residence and are then are free to roam the city.
Note that VTL applications for Australia and Singapore will open on November 1.
How successful have VTL’s been?
Update on the VTL
4. The VTL was launched on 8 September 2021 for Brunei Darussalam and Germany. As at 25 October 2021, 290 travellers from Brunei Darussalam and 6,226 travellers from Germany have been issued VTPs for travel to Singapore between 8 September and 30 November 2021 (Annex A – Table 1). Of these, 152 VTP holders from Brunei Darussalam and 3,610 from Germany have entered Singapore.
5. The VTL was extended to eight other countries, namely Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) from 19 October 2021. As at 25 October 2021, 2359 hours, 8,583 travellers from these countries have been issued VTPs for travel to Singapore between 19 October and 30 November 2021 (Annex A – Table 2). Of these, 1,372 VTP holders have entered Singapore. The VTL will be extended to the Republic of Korea (ROK) for entry into Singapore on or after 15 November 2021.
Only 5,134 visitors have arrived in Singapore on VTL flights.
Singapore Airlines VTL flights:
Singapore’s Announcement of VTL Extension:
Extension of VTL to Australia and Switzerland
6. The successful implementation of the VTL scheme has given CAAS the experience and confidence to extend it to more countries. We will continue to do so in a cautious and step-by- step manner without compromising public health. First, both Australia and Switzerland are in Category II of the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Country/Region Classification for Border Measures; they have similar or lower COVID-19 incidence rates than Singapore and the other VTL countries. Second, we are opening to them with a key set of essential safeguards, including proof of vaccination and testing. Third, we will keep the numbers manageable through the VTL quotas. With the commencement of the VTLs for Australia and Switzerland, we will increase the current VTL quotas by 1,000, from up to 3,000 to up to 4,000 travellers daily. We will monitor the progress of the scheme closely before deciding on any further increases in capacity.
7. Singapore and Australia are longstanding partners with strong people-topeople, economic and defence ties. Pre-COVID, Australia was amongst our top ten markets for annual passenger arrivals at Changi Airport, accounting for about 4% of total arrivals in 2019. Many Singaporeans travelled to Australia for business, leisure and education, and vice versa. More than 50,000 Singaporeans live in Australia and over 25,000 Australians live in Singapore. The VTL will enable them to reconnect with their loved ones back home, whom they have been physically separated from for more than a year. The reopening of borders with Australia will also be a significant step in rebuilding the Singapore air hub and people-to-people connectivity.
8. Australia recently announced its air travel reopening roadmap, starting with allowing fully vaccinated Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and their immediate families to return to Australia without the need to serve quarantine. On 22 October 2021, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia was in the final stages of concluding an arrangement which will see Australia opening up to more visa class holders from Singapore. Details for this arrangement will be announced by Australia later.
9. Singapore’s VTL for Australia will allow fully vaccinated travellers from Australia to enter Singapore without quarantine, for all purposes of travel. Taken together with Australia’s border measures, the VTL will facilitate two-way quarantinefree travel between the two countries for fully vaccinated Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents and their immediate families from 8 November 2021. We also expect student and business pass holders from Singapore to be able to enter Australia, after Australia has finalised the arrangement for their entry. Other travellers from Singapore would not be able to travel to Australia until a later stage.
10. Switzerland is a major financial centre and ranks among Singapore’s top trading and investment partners. There is a strong business presence of over 1,000 Swiss companies operating in Singapore, amongst them large banks, insurance companies and industry corporates. There are also about 3,000 Swiss expatriates living in Singapore. As Switzerland is highly connected with the other European countries that we have established VTLs with, a VTL for Switzerland will provide travellers with more options for intra-European travel and facilitate greater people-topeople exchanges between Europe and Singapore for business, social visits of friends and relatives, and leisure.
Eligibility RequirementsVaccination RequirementsAll travellers must be fully vaccinated (click here for definition) for at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore, and must have a valid proof of vaccination issued in any VTL country/region or Singapore.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below in this calendar year can travel to Singapore via the VTL if accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL traveller.
VTL Countries/RegionsBrunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark1, Germany, France2, Italy, the Netherlands3, Spain, the United Kingdom4 and the United States5
[Allowed for entry into Singapore effective 7 November 2021, 2359hrs] Australia and Switzerland
[Allowed for entry into Singapore effective 14 November 2021, 2359hrs] Republic of Korea
1Including the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
2Including all overseas departments and regions (DROM), overseas collectivities (COM), overseas territories (TOM), and New Caledonia.
3Including Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and all special municipalities.
4Including the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey), and all British Overseas Territories.
5Including the US territories of American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.
Accepted Proof of Vaccination
- BruHealth (developed by the Government of Brunei)
- COOV (developed by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency) [For entry into Singapore from 14 November 2021, 2359hrs]
- EU Digital COVID Certificates (EU DCC) issued by any VTL country/region
- SMART Health Cards (SHC) issued by:
- National Health Service (NHS) COVID Passes found on the NHS mobile app
- [For travellers vaccinated in Singapore] Digital HealthCerts provided by Notarise
- International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (QR code in ICAO Visible Digital Seal for Non-Constrained Environments (VDS-NC) format) issued by any VTL country/region [For entry into Singapore from 7 November 2021, 2359hrs]
Travel History & Designated Flight RequirementsTravellers entering Singapore must:
- Arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL flight (list below); and
- Have only travelled to / transited via any VTL countries/regions and/or Singapore, in the last 14 consecutive days before departure for Singapore.
Please refer to the respective airlines’ websites for information on when the first designated VTL flight will commence.
Airlines Operating Designated VTL Flights to Singapore* VTL Countries/Regions Air France France Asiana Airlines Republic of Korea British Airways The United Kingdom KLM Royal Dutch Airlines The Netherlands Korean Air Republic of Korea Lufthansa Germany Royal Brunei Airlines Brunei Darussalam Scoot Australia, Germany, Republic of Korea Singapore Airlines Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, The United States
*The list of airlines and websites will be regularly updatedTravel Health Control RequirementsTravellers must:
- Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (“PCR test”) within 48 hours before departure for Singapore at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility, and test negative for COVID-19;
- Take a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Singapore;
- Remain in self-isolation until a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken in Singapore is conveyed (typically within 24 hours).
Mandatory Travel Insurance (for short-term visitors only)Short-term visitors must be insured for COVID-19 related medical expenses for a minimum coverage of SGD$ 30,000.Contact Tracing (for short-term visitors only)Short-term visitors are required to download and register their profile on the TraceTogether app to aid contact tracing.Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) Application and Travel ChecklistSingapore Citizens (SC) / Permanent Residents (PR)All SC/PRs do not need to apply for a VTP to travel under the VTL.
However, travellers must comply with the requirements stated in this travel checklist. Failing which, the prevailing health control measures will apply, which may include serving a Stay-Home Notice.Foreign visitors (e.g. Short-Term Visitors / Long-Term Pass Holders)Foreign travellers and visitors (e.g. Short-Term Visitors and Long-Term Pass holders), must apply for a VTP. Accompanying children aged 12 and below and are unvaccinated do not need to apply. Applications must be submitted between 7 and 60 days before the intended date of entry into Singapore and be supported with the vaccination certificate QR code (if available).
Travellers departing from Australia or Switzerland may only submit their applications from 1 Nov 2021, 1000hrs.
Travellers departing from the Republic of Korea may only submit their applications from 8 Nov 2021, 1000hrs.
A VTP is valid for 6 calendar days from the traveller’s chosen date of entry to accommodate last-minute flight changes.
Approved VTP holders can refer to this travel checklist for a step-by step guide to ensure that they meet all requirements at each stage of their journey to Singapore.
Note: By applying for VTP, the applicant has consented to the use of personal data collected for the purpose of processing and implementing VTL entry. Click here for the Privacy Statement.Traveller ResourcesTraveller ChecklistA step-by-step checklist for VTL travellers can be found here.VTP ConditionsApplicable to all VTL travellers; Click here.Frequently Asked QuestionsClick here for the full list of FAQs, or the links below for specific queries on the following topics:
- Recognised vaccination certificates for VTL (see Questions 6 and 7)
- VTP Application Technical Difficulties
- Definition of fully vaccinated
- Travel History
- Pre-Departure Test
- Designated VTL Flights
- On-Arrival Test & Self-Isolation
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Vaccinated Traveler Lane allows business and other visitors to Singapore to enter more easily without a quarantine but likely attracts very little leisure travel. However, it seems that Singapore is expanding the program every month with countries where the country’s flag carrier flies to.